Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tonight's Setlist: 7/14/12, 'Play for Trey' Benefit, Penn Hills, PA

Do I play with a Boss Distortion Pedal? No. Does it sound like it on this recording? Kind of...

Two things happened tonight. Well, three. 1) I definitely maxed out the bass limit on the Zoom H1 recorder. This recording is pretty crisp on the high end and most of the vocals... fully strummed chords and anything below the low G string? Not so much... 2) I'm pretty sure I contributed to the crappy recording by placing the Zoom too close to my amp, which in turn created a semi-audible hum through said amp. Dammit. Why didn't I pay closer attention in the ONE audio technology class I took?

Other than that, the set went well. Oh, the third thing... 3) I discovered a great singing/songwriting talent in Penn Hills senior Heather Catley. We collaborated on the final four songs of the set, and her all-original solo set was excellent. Check her out on YouTube. In fact, in a few days there will probably be videos her sister shot from this evening on there

Extensive EQing proved largely fruitless, so FYI, I do not recommend listening to this at anything approaching high volume. Click here to download/stream the set courtesy of

Rain Song No. 3*
Push Those Clouds Away (Trad.) > Jam >
Southwest Sky* >
Eyes of the World (Dead)
Strange Moon*
Row Jimmy (Dead)
I Ain't Superstitious (C. Burnett)
Astral Weeks (V. Morrison) >
Crazy Fingers (Dead) >
Peggy-O (Dead) >
Darkness on the Edge of Town (Springsteen) >
Jam/Dylan Medley Tease >
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Mystery Train (J. Parker) >
Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell) >
Mystery Train
Summertime** (Gershwin)
Angel Band** (Stanley Bros.)
Brown Eyed Women** (Dead)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right** (Dylan)

**with Heather Catley

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